Apart from inspiring sermons, Asia Conference attendees can look forward to exciting games and competitions.
Contributed by Yeo Zhi Qi
Eighteen months after the inaugural mega-event, Asia Conference 2010 is back this year, bigger and better. Church members and visitors can expect five days of breakthrough: they’ll get to worship with international praise and worship teams, listen to earth-shaking preaching, and even take part in a whole line of competitions and electives.
Sports is a big part of Asia Conference. Asia-lympics comprises the usual favorites including: 3-on-3 Basketball, Badminton, Captain’s Ball, Street Soccer, and Table Tennis. Preliminary rounds for these games took place in the early part of the year and participants now eagerly await the finals on May 29, when the qualifying teams vie for the championship position in each sport.
One game that stands out from the rest, merging fun with the element of giving, is the Asia Conference Charity Golf Tournament. Avid golfers get to raise funds for City Harvest Community Services Association in the exciting 18-hole game. Participants will be competing for the much coveted title of Asia Conference Champion Golfer during the finals on May 25 at Sentosa Golf Club.
Undergraduate, Ron Chua, 24, who will be in the Badminton finals, is “excited yet nervous because I have not played badminton for more than two years. It is also good because I got to know the church members who took part in this competition much better.”
Besides the classic Beauty Pageant and Man Hunt, in which the most attractive (inside and out) young woman and man are selected, other exciting highlights not to miss include perennial hot favorite Parade of Schools, in which school teams show off their cheerleading and acrobatic chops.
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Another crowd favorite: brains meet mouths at the teeth-gritting Word Power competition, in which competitors show off their knowledge of Bible verses.
Interesting new additions to this year’s Asia Conference schedule include The Greatest Loser (competitors work hard to shed the most number of kilos), as well as Xtreme Makeover which pitches teams against one another to see how many homes they can spruce up for the poor and needy.
Tapping into the creative graphic talent in CHC, organizers have also introduced competitions like 3D Animation, CHC Logo Design Competition, Trailer Competition, as well as Pulpit Design Competition.
Possibly the extra-curricular event conference attendees will look forward to most is City Harvest’s Got Talent. Participants perform a song item or their best dance moves. The best performances will compete at the finals on Sunday, May 30, as the closing item for the conference week.
Student Quek Yee Hao, 20 who is part of a band competing in City Harvest’s Got Talent, tells City News, “We want to present something different and show our creativity in the way we play and arrange songs. We have memorized our song till we can play it blindfolded! Our love for music motivates us, and ultimately we want to give glory to God.”
Other than the exciting games and competitions, Asia Conference 2010 delegates can expect to gain knowledge and insight at the many elective sessions conducted by different speakers at the apex of their industry, including businessmen and world-renowned pastors. Topics range from financial literacy to church growth.
In less than a month, Asia Conference 2010 will be here. For more information on Asia Conference, log on to www.asiaconference.org.sg.